Monday 24 December

Christmas Eve

3 p.m. Crib Service

Once in royal David’s city IRBY
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed AWAY IN A MANGER
O little town of Bethlehem FOREST GREEN
While shepherds watched their flocks by night WINCESTER OLD
Silent night, holy night STILLE NACHT
We three kings of orient are THREE KINGS OF ORIENT
O come, all ye faithful ADESTE, FIDELES
Hark! the herald-angels sing MENDELSSOHN

11.00 p.m. Carols leading into Midnight Mass

The angel Gabriel from heaven came
Organ Brahms: Es ist ein Ros
Lo, how a rose e’er blooming 
Organ Moore: Prelude on Irby
Once in royal David’s city verses 1, 2, 5
While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Organ Blatchley: Three versets on Away in a Manger
Away in a manger
Infant holy, infant lowly
Organ Zachow: In dulci jubilo
Silent night
The Infant King (Sing Lullaby)

11.30 p.m. Midnight Mass

Order of Service
Midnight Mass: The first Eucharist of Christmas
Mass setting
Gloria: David Thorne (b. 1950)—Mass of St Thomas;
Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Noel Rawsthorne (b. 1929)—Festive Eucharist

Motet during communion
David Willcocks (1919–2015)—On Christmas night all Christians sing

Gathering hymn   It came upon the midnight clear NOEL
Gradual   Silent night STILLE NACHT
Offertory Hark! the herald-angels sing MENDELSSOHN
Communion 1   O little town of Bethlehem FOREST GREEN
Communion 2   The first Nowell the angel did say THE FIRST NOWELL
Sending out   O come, all ye faithful ADESTE, FIDELES

Final organ voluntary
Owain Park (b. 1993)—How still we see thee lie (Prelude on Forest Green, 'O little town of Bethlehem')

When we sing Silent Night at Midnight Mass, it will be 200 years to the day since the first performance of Stille Nacht on Christmas Eve 1818 in S. Nikola, Oberndorf bei Salzburg.

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